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The “Dot Syndrome” August 26, 2006

Filed under: Advice,Happenings of Life,My Philosophy — Master Cheif @ 2:21 pm

There are only two things which make us feel big, looking down on others or conquering a very tough problem about the universe. However, how big are we really?

 

The idea for this post came to me when I saw a dot on a huge completely white wall. It may seem kind of weird to get an idea from a mere dot but please be patient and let me explain. Anyway, while I was looking at this dot, I realized that for us, ants or bugs are small and insignificant so then to the universe or even at the level of the planets we are as small as microbes, bacterial and viral infections on the planet.

 

Well, not exactly diseases but you get the point. Its all about perspective, whenever we look at a rookie, someone new at anything we flaunt our superiority towards them. Our condescending attitude towards them may fuel our ego and make us look humungous but are we really that big.

 

Sometimes, all we need to do is take a step back. Look at the bigger picture, heck, even take a look at the whole canvas. There are some things which are way beyond anything we can imagine. People consider themselves as the epitaph of all knowledge but taking a step back, we are just about as important as the rock which you see on the street.

 

Thoughts like this really make me wonder that achieving fame for something important (not being an actor, actress or model) is something very big. Einstein is the very first and best example of this. A fragile man who lived like a peasant was able to imagine big and in the end, even the universe fell to his feet. He conquered the universe itself making his mark on the world. In much the same way, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela…the list goes on and on. These men have carved themselves a small niche in the world which even time can’t erase.

 

So, in the end, it isn’t about power, superiority or knowledge all that matters in the world is perspective. If you believe that being rich and famous and showing off your status as an entertainer is enough then perhaps you have achieved all. But remember, those who think big, will achieve big. So think big, empower yourself and gain the respect of the world. Free yourself from my “dot syndrome”.

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The Body, Mind And Spirit August 25, 2006

Filed under: Advice,My Philosophy,PSA,Spirit — Master Cheif @ 3:11 pm

“The Spirit is a fragile thing; it is easily broken but never far from repair”

          Kwame Nkrumah

 

The body is a carbon based life form. However, we humans, have a deeper meaning to the word life. We have evolved over millions of years and in this period we have also evolved consciousness.  In this process, the concept of the mind and spirit has risen. The Red Indians are heavily dependent on the spirit as much as we Indians are.

 

The spirit is a very interesting thing. It cannot be studied but its existence can be felt. To me, it is the companion of the body, the “mechanical” part of the body. It can never be created and that is what separates the real people from android robots. It is the driving force behind us all. We live by it and can’t live without it.

 

But sometimes the spirit is easily broken. The entire life force, motivation to do the task ahead is broken. It may be an incident or a death of a loved one, but the emptiness never dies. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Kenyan president believes that the spirit can never remain broken. I partially agree with him however, I do say that the breaking of a spirit can ruin anything for a man forever.

 

I have never had such an experience and so I merely speculate about the mental situation but I can accurately guess the feeling of such a person. We are filled with difficulties everyday and mostly it comes in the wrong places. The things we like the most are made the worst by people looking to break your spirit. I know this very well. Sometimes it is not so easy to avoid such situations. But the thing to remember is that it is ultimately the end which counts.

 

No matter how many a** holes come in your way, no matter how many obstacles come in your way, tackle them all and one day when you are rich and famous you can throw that in their faces and laugh (laugh out loud, that is).

 

The Chameleon August 24, 2006

Filed under: My Philosophy,PSA,Whines & Rants — Master Cheif @ 6:11 pm

No, I am not talking about the Spiderman villain (however, he does have some relevance to this post). We meet people everyday, from the postman to the teachers at school or your boss at work. We talk, if we need to and that’s it, job done. And then, there are friends. These are the people who we don’t necessarily meet everyday but we still go out of our way to talk to them. Now, all of us have friends, one way or the other, some more than others (after all, the world is a popularity contest).

 

Imagine you are a complete loser in school (like me), you have barely any friends, and then, suddenly, one day someone comes up to you to talk to you. Excitement, happiness and relief, are the first three emotions passing through your head. However, in all that excitement logic is thrown out the window. I have seen this in real life as well some TV shows too (albeit not too accurate).

 

Once we achieve or gain something we want badly, we really don’t question its validity, origin or its motives. In the above case, the friend could be genuine by Occam’s razor but, I believe that, that is a rare case. Not many people, especially now-a-days are willing to make friends unnecessarily. Then it happens, one day, the knife in the back is plunged. All the fake walls come crashing down. After that, who is left to help you? No-one, why? Because you blew them off because you made better and new friends.

 

Those who realize this fact by this or any other post are truly insightful and might not get scammed very easily. However, the majorities don’t and so end up in the aforementioned situation. My question, on the other hand is why? Why can’t people be satisfied with the great friends they have? Then again, are we ever satisfied?  Not many people are willing to take anyone back after such an insult but if you have a true friend then he/she will.

 

Very few genuine people are left in this world and the shady people ruin the image of the common man towards others. I too am a victim to such an incident, I never trust anyone I meet on the internet. It’s not a habit more than it is a means to protect myself. Peoples intentions are not always clear and so it is necessary not to jump the gun.

 

“Two things make the soul of a man whole, goodness and good friends” – Me

 

All Is Forgiven August 23, 2006

Filed under: Happenings of Life,My Philosophy,Whines & Rants — Master Cheif @ 5:48 pm

Mistakes. The one part of the human genome which has eluded scientists for years. A part of our genome that is permanent. No manner of mutation can change that. Since the conception of us homo sapiens, mistakes have been common. However, no amount of time will allow us to live with our mistakes or anyone else’s.

All it takes to spark off a fight, is a simple misunderstanding. Not even that, fights erupt just for the sake of fighting, but that’s a topic for another day. Anyway, why is it that people feel it unnecessary for us to forgive others when we are full of mistakes? All is takes is a simple,”It’s O.K.”. That’s it. Fight avoided, people happy and unbruised. But no, society doesn’t work that way.

It is every man, woman and child’s prerequisite that no one make mistakes and moreover, that they shouldn’t deal with it. The world doesn’t work the way we want to. Authority is mostly the reason most fist fights are avoided. Its not possible to fight with authority, no matter how wrong they may be. Not to get too overly religious, I believe that God has created us with mistakes to see how much, we can tolerate each other.

I do not ask everyone to forgive each other for all mistakes, nor do I ask everyone to avoid fights, all I ask is for a little tolerance. People in glass houses don’t throw stones. We live to fight and fight to live. Maybe this cycle can be broken. Nah. That isn’t possible. People just can’t get along. World Peace will only remain a dream.

Propagate peace. Two words to live by. Peace, forgiveness, love. None of these are the unachievable by normal men. All it requires is a simple, You are forgiven to avoid a fight, death, plunder, war, suffering… So, whenever you are about to have another quarrel, just remember, you aren’t any better. Now that’s, what life is about.

 

What You Don’t Know August 19, 2006

Filed under: My Philosophy,PSA — Master Cheif @ 5:38 pm

Ignorance is truly bliss. What you don’t know can’t hurt you is how the saying goes. This often sounds bad on paper but it could be a really good thing. How many times have you found out that your children were sneaking out under your nose or your friends going out without inviting you? It sounds horrible only if find out.

 

Most may argue with me saying that the truth could avoid all this. This is true as long as doing something secretively hurts someone. However, as long as what you do doesn’t hurt anyone what difference does it make if you tell others or not. Think about the latter situation I posed in the previous paragraph. If the friend told his other friends that he was going out without them, it could create a big problem between you and your friends. Isn’t it easier just to avoid a big scene by doing this secretively?

 

Necessity is the mother of all inventions. Inventions lead to laziness which leads to short cuts. This is what “white” lying basically is. I may seem really bad now but think about it, how many times have you lied to someone to spare their feelings. I feel that lying is sometimes absolutely necessary. I hate being lied to but if I don’t find out what difference does it make. For all I know someone could be plotting my death but as long as I don’t know about it, I can sleep in peace.

 

So it all boils down to your opinion. Would you like someone to be frank to you or someone to spare your feelings? I prefer the latter. However, even I condone these actions sometimes when it gets to the point of planning to hurt someone’s feeling it is just plain mean. So as with all powers, use this one wisely too.

 

Success: Is It Just A Step Away? August 15, 2006

Filed under: Happenings of Life,My Philosophy,PSA — Master Cheif @ 3:51 pm

Success, this one word has the power to fill a man’s mind with dreams and incite some very “unparliamentarily” behavior. It has caused the downfall of civilizations and the destruction of mankind. However, I don’t speak of that success. I speak of success in a small, limited scale. Let me explain from the beginning.

 

The race for the best college, education and job, here in India is pretty crazy. People will do anything to reach their goal. I am no different but my real indifference comes in my attitude to attain success. Here, we have a system of taking tuition classes in order to reach the pinnacle of our Indian colleges. So, me and many of my friends take this tuition.

 

But I ask you, how far are you willing to go in order to reach this goal? Will you sacrifice your time, entertainment, sleep and even your relationships to reach this “goal”? Personally, I think that such “sacrifice” is pretty useless. Think about it, what good is college education, if you are insane. People have to realize that success always comes at a price and if that price is unreasonable, then is it worth it to follow up on this success.

 

Personally, such success is very important but unfortunately logically, I believe that to sacrifice so much is foolhardy. I may never reach my goal but if I did so much and failed, it would surely send me packing, straight to God. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and everything has a price. It is just up to us to decide if the end justifies the price. I am confused about my decision but all I know that if I try my best and dream everyday I will reach the goal I want, and after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

 

When Will We Learn ? August 11, 2006

Filed under: My Philosophy,PSA — Master Cheif @ 3:46 pm

I is so difficult to write this post without swearing but I will try my best. People, in one word, are the most annoying organisms to inhabit this planet. Aside from the constant, “I don’t give a damn about the planet and anything on it” attitude, they are much more worse than thought possible.

As a young optimistic boy, I was disillusioned by the thought of this planet being a huge “I heart you” sign. As I grew older I realized that this was not the case. And now, when I am at a fork in my life, I realized that it gets worse. There is no one out there, to cushion the blows of life, no one to guide me.

Orphans have it even worse, they were born without parents and so had to deal with this form birth. It may sound awful; however, they are the ones who grow up to be strong and more dependent. We, on the other hand, live under our parents who cushion the blows coming to us. We soon assume the world to be this way and then, one day, when the blindfolds come off, we realize that it is worse than we had expected.

There is nothing more difficult than to live and the cycle of interchanging horrible leaders add to the difficulty. I do, have a small, yet very useful solution to this. In my personal experience, just being plain ignorant is the best way to live life. Never mind all the evil, plague, deception and obstacles; just live life one day at a time and take it slowly.

It is not so easy for me to do because I cannot revert to a previous state of mind where I don’t understand what’s going on. I just hope that, at the end of my life, I can look back and say that I have done a good job and give myself a pat on the back.